District to dedicate Carrico Athletic Complex on Nov. 11
Denton Independent School District and members of the community will recognize the contributions of Bill Carrico, longtime coach and educator, with the dedication of the Bill Carrico Athletic Complex located adjacent to Braswell High School at 12 noon on Saturday, Nov. 11.
The Bill Carrico Athletic Complex and Fieldhouse sits next to Braswell High, an appropriate tribute given the impact Coach Carrico had on so many student-athletes during his time as an educator, coach and athletic director for Denton ISD, including hiring Dr. Ray Braswell as a teacher and athletic trainer in 1979.
The design of the Carrico Athletic Complex provides the district with the option to expand the facility to accommodate the area’s fast growth at a later time.
Prior to his passing in 2016 and upon learning the complex would bear his name, Coach Carrico said, “It’s really nice to have so many people say so many positive things about you to get an honor like this. And it’s fitting to receive this honor with Ray (Braswell). I’m a little older, but we did a lot of things together, always talked about how to do things right and live our lives right. … It’s a tremendous honor that we’ll always share.”
Coach Carrico served as a teacher and coach for Denton High School from 1962 to 1974, assistant principal at Strickland Junior High (now Strickland Middle School) from 1974 to 1976 and transitioned to Denton ISD’s central administration in 1976, serving as its athletic director until his retirement in 1997.
A longtime Denton resident, Coach Carrico was also a product of Denton schools. He graduated from Denton High School in 1955 and North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1960. At North Texas State, Carrico was a member of the football team, was named an All-American and was recently named to the UNT All-Century team.
Despite retiring nearly two decades prior and up until his passing, Coach Carrico maintained a commitment to helping Denton ISD students learn. In his free time, he mentored students at Borman Elementary for several years. Carrico passed his passion for education on to his daughter, Dr. Happy Carrico, who retired from the district last school year after a long and impactful career.
“He was an offensive lineman who protected a bunch of us in the game. He wasn’t one to seek the spotlight, he was just supportive and coached us – in the classroom, on the playground and pretty much everywhere he went,” said Charlie Cole Jr. in speaking to the Board in recommending a school or facility be named in his honor.